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commons. later, the leader of scotland's national party talks about the uk's exit from the european union and a chance for a scottish referendum. ♪ "nnouncer: this week on "q&a "new york times" columnist ms. discussing herwd book "the year of voting dangerously: the derangement of american politics" about the u.s. presidential race. mr. lamb: maureen dowd, author of the book "the year of voting dangerously: the derangement of american politics." 2010 in the magazine "i wish of america -- i wish
,merica" they said maureen dowd arguably the most part for journalists in america thanks to her must-read column in the new york times, taking -- talking of the road not taken, even a quiet life is a barkeeper's life back in claire. re." ms. dowd: that would be my dad's family. mr. lamb: what about the most powerful journalist in america? ms. dowd: that is what "irish-america" would say. another magazine with think paul krugman is and paul friedman. they were giving a boost to one of their own. mr. lamb: how important is it to be irish? ms. dowd: it gets more important as i get older, finally enough -- funny enough. when i was small, my dad would make us recite irish poetry into one of the old initial tape
recorders. my brother's name is kevin barry, so he would have to recite barry and i would have to recite things, you know, at the time, a lot of it seemed kind of corny but as you get older, and now the nation is obsessed with ancestry and of finding out things, as you get older, you realize it is really nice to know everything about your roots and to have a warm feeling that ancestry can get you. mr. lamb: that is something that you wrote about in your book. you have some fresh stuff and we will talk about that. here's something you write about and i want you to explain this portrait to the audience. [laughter] ms. dowd: right. that was such a weird story. guy's name, the
nelson sparks? mr. lamb: nelson chang. ms. dowd: yes, he recently died. he was given a commission to do an official portrait for bill clinton, and for his own reasons, very oddly he had in his studio a manikin and a blue dress, just randomly and he put the blue dress on the mannequin and painted the shadow of that into the picture. does not wearften a wedding ring, which is weird, so than when they found out, i do not think they wanted to put the painting up, not the clintons but it was at a museum. it is in storage. he was trying to investigate whether it was in storage because he had played this trickal track where he -- or he had an illusion to the
blue dress. there is a history of that kind of thing in arts, but i think when you get a commission to painting president, that president definitely does not want an allusion to his white house sex scandal in there. mr. lamb: i saw that painting at the portrait gallery, and the first thing i thought, i had no idea there was a blue dress image in there, according to the artist, the shears. as the president of the united shined,ets his shoes those of the ugliest shoes in the world. [laughter] ms. dowd: i know, it was very strange that he did that. it was up for it while and then they took it down. he suspected the clintons asked him to take it down but he never approved it, you know? you know, i think it would have a right to, such an offering to do in an official portrait. mr. lamb: in your opinion, what are the chances he will become the first thousand j were 20th? -- january 20?
ms. dowd: i would say at the rate we going, 100%. that is when you go to hollywood, the story line all of the clinton donors are really excited about. there was an old frederick mcmurray movie called "kisses for my president" where she was the first woman president and he , but hollywoodad has not seen anything like that. when they got sarah palin, they got so excited the cousin opened up their imagination to have a beautiful, sexy young woman in the role of dick cheney, something that usually been old gray-haired men. that is where you get a bunch of other things that it never occurred to them, wow, we could have a babe in this role. at the same time, they love the role of bill clinton. he says he wants to be called first laddy.
the funny thing, hillary might let him do the economy and let chelsea to the hostess thing and uplary would keep picking the china. she really should not do that. she should let bill do the traditional things first ladies have to do because it would be a great way to show how antiquated the job is because hillary hated it and michelle has done it beautifully, but it is kind of a white satin jail for a woman like hillary and michelle that have the same educational credentials as their husband. i think if you so bill clinton doing it, you would realize maybe we need to modernize the job. mr. lamb: you have a column in your book from march 6, 2016 and it starts out, "here is why the donald trump campaign is wicked fun." [laughter] ms. dowd: yes, that lasted for five minutes.
well, the second part was "just wicked." the fund was seeing the leeches, thelecart political consultants that make millions of dollars giving candidates bad advice and to $170ntjec million in negative ads and donald trump was doing his own instagram as. to see that kind of leach society turned over to have a more direct connection between the candidate and the voters. that did not last long because then, you know, the bigotry and racism and misogyny, which kind of took over the fun populous part. mr. lamb: 21 years of writing
your column? ms. dowd: wow. i would not like to think about that. it is been since 1995. mr. lamb: so, 21 years. in my county right? you only do one week now. ms. dowd: i do one a week and i work for the sunday column. mr. lamb: how do you know the column has hit a nerve? know, we well, you have comments, which i never read but you can see them. i can see the number of comments, and you know, we, you can tell on twitter and where it has been picked up if it is mentioned on cable news and stuff. mr. lamb: is there someone that calls you on the sunday morning and says, you got them this time? ms. dowd: you know, i have friends that do that.
you will read it. it comes out saturday afternoon, basically, so i have friends that we saturday afternoon and you can tell if you hear from them or you do not what they thought. mr. lamb: what is the best thing they can say to you? ms. dowd: just that they enjoyed at, that they thought i did a good job. mr. lamb: this is one from february of 2015. i will pay for this column, you write, the rottweilers will be unleashed. once the clintons have a war room and now they have a slime room. once they had the sly james carville fondly known a serpent head and other heavy slippery david brock accurately known as a snake. we have video we are going to show of david brock before and after. ms. dowd: right. -- lamb: 22 call him a snake why did you call him a snake? ms. dowd: this is something that concerns me because she does have this idealistic public
service side, but then she also over the decades has developed a side wheredifferent she often makes decisions from a darker place, from fear and insecurity. defensiveness and trips up the public service side. from that end she has surrounded herself with a lot of henchmen people who are even saying accurate things about the clintons. i think that speaks to this paranoid side that she has. they are going to, with her in one way or another, either outside the white house or inside the white house, and you know, it just worries me because i wish she could have the confidence to throw off that kind of person, and i interviewed bernie sanders and
he was really concerned about that because david brock has been attacking him on his age and the sleazy way in the primary, and he does not understand why she needs to have this sort of person around her, but in my experience, people tend to get more paranoid in the white house at the very moment that the whole country affirms him and they should feel confident. that is not only with presidents but with any chief executive in office. oftentimes, that is when their insecurities come out which seems counterintuitive but it is pretty common. fromamb: this is video 1993 and 2015 of david brock. you can see him when he worked for the american spectator in the clinton project. you can see him now as he raises money for hillary clinton and
runs of the other side. he has switched complete sites. [video clip] >> larry patterson quotes that it is common knowledge of the governor's residence that mrs. clinton was intimately involved when governor clinton would leave town. shortly thereafter vince foster would regularly show up at the mansion and stay through the hours of the night with mrs. clinton. they were often driven out to a retreat that the rose law firm kept a cabin outside of little rock where they spent extensive time together. much to my own surprise and certainly to my professional detriment, i wrote about a woman with a steadfast commitment to public service, a lifelong passion for children and family and a deep wealth of personal integrity. mr. lamb: how does this happen? ms. dowd: i do not know. it was his work on the state troopers in arkansas that lead to impeachment, right? with paula jones and everything?
the irony to me is he was the marrying of attack dog and need a hill -- mirroring and hill and bill clinton called him because he liked his book "blinded by the right." and they sort of brought him and. the clintons turned him around me he now runs one of the conglomerates that go after her that even write accurate things about her. the irony, he was smearing anita huiill and now he is part of the clinton team and the clinton team, sidney blumenthal and charlie rank were kind of
smearing monica as a little naughty and a little slutty. mr. lamb: you have to explain this. this is a picture of you. you can tell us where this came from. ms. dowd: yes, with cindy blumenthal. we just happened to be standing in line. he was standing in line in front of it. we took this together. it was funny because bill has an allergy, a lot of allergies and he has an allergy with trees so they always photoshop the christmas tree before and after. oth have on ties. mr. lamb: the time was that? ms. dowd: that was probably the beginning of the clinton administration. i feel sorry for presidents for the media christmas party because they have to stand there and oppose with all of the
reporters that they are probably seething about. i do not think it is a very pleasant evening for them. mr. lamb: it is a constant theme about sidney blumenthal. how does he fit in the story? ms. dowd: donald trump keeps trying to bring him up in the debate and rallies and no one knows who he is. unless, i mean, people in washington do but none of these people at the donald trump rallies. it is so funny to see donald trump trying to make that state. trump israre case where right that sidney blumenthal was know, the ones who, you and, what ispeople the issue he came up and most recently? i know exactly what you are talking about. thingwd: the birther
where hillary, he was trying to say hillary actually started the birther thing and it turns out blumenthal went to a reporter and suggested he sent a reporter to kenya to check out and see if obama was really born in kenya. you know, as always with donald trump there can be a kernel of truth in what he is saying. that does not excuse his absurd and defensive birther campaign, but there were hillary people calling reporters and trying to suggest the same thing. mr. lamb: here is more video, this time you write about take morris who worked --dick morris who worked for bill clinton and now works for the other side, the right side of things. here he is in a kind of goes back to what you said in the first question about watching
this town and what it is all about. here is 1998 and 2016. this is the same man. [video clip] >> the democrats do not want the abortion debate to be resolved. a do not want to gun control to be passed. a do not want the environmental problems to be solved because they are too good for getting votes. essentially what he decided to do was take each of the problems we face as a society and in a very workmanlike way, and almost nonpartisan way, bring them to a solution and a solvent. i think he succeeded overwhelmingly. now, corruption and money making end all.e-all and i they have gone to a partnership in the 90's to a racketeering organization today where bill's job is to pass the bag and hillary's job is to access
favors to moneys inside. ms. dowd: wow. girl seems by a call so quaint at the time. that was a crazy sex scandal when morris was caught doing that. now we have all sorts of vulgarities and cruelties. mr. lamb: how about what we are seeing with anything to do with the american people's attitude toward this town. ms. dowd: i think these are extreme cases, but that is what is disturbing about the clintons because they will hire anyone that can help them win. i was at the convention where the story broke about the toe sucking and he had to resign. i think hillary helped bring him back in. you know, he was very, i think
oft was part of their kind doc, conservative strength they brought to democratic politics. mr. lamb: the toe sucking story at the jefferson hotel in washington -- ms. dowd: talking on the phone to clinton and congressman and stuff. mr. lamb: where are you on the -- skeptic side? ms. dowd: i think a lot of people think journalists are synnex but we are idealists. i am definitely not cynical, maybe you get a little jaded if you see enough things that this solution you, but i think basically the reason people want to be journalist is because they are idealists. mr. lamb: this is for may 30,
2015. i recently interviewed several dozen hollywood players, mostly on background because of fears about the famed clinton didn't streak. i have more to read. how does that work when you are writing? how do they go on background or off the record? ms. dowd: yes, i think you know, are known forump vindictive strakes, so it is hard to get people to go on the record when you are talking about either of them. mr. lamb: did they say to you, this is off the record or do you say to them, how do you want me to quote this? well, both.wd: i remember one woman who was very involved in all of the races of the clintons in hollywood and a donor said, the problem with the clintons, but she did not want to say this on
the record because they all knew there would be another clinton administration, the problem with the clintons is you kind of get right in the middle of the campaign or a white house with them and something blows up, that that is their modus operandi. with the e-mail thing breaking and they were not sure, but they are kind of handcuffed to this roller coaster, where with the clintons there is always some snake popping out of a can you did not know about that may be a small thing they have hidden or may be a large things they have hidden, but that it comes tumbling out inopportune moments. mr. lamb: going back to the column, they are not over the moon about barack obama you feel in 2015 anymore, even burned. he was like a razzle-dazzle trailer that turned out to be a disappointing movie with mediocre box office. ms. dowd: i think in the craze
of 2008, barack obama and ashelle you know, sold obama , i remember michelle saying, this is not about politics, this , more thanr souls politics, something cleaner, finer, fresher and people thought they were attorney, and in hollywood that was ground train thele but clinton machine. i think that people in hollywood who sort of changed sides and went with obama against the clinton machine did not think eight years later obama would put out the red carpet for the clinton machine because now all of these people are going to be pariahs, anyone that left the clintons before for obama. mr. lamb: why does president
obama working so hard for mrs. clinton? ms. dowd: well, the first african-american president does not want his legacy erased by the most overtly racist candidate in modern times, certainly. michelle, too who is an amazing campaigner. i think that is about his legacy . more than about the clintons, although hillary is his hand-picked choice. he pushed biden aside for her. mr. lamb: you wrote in february, lyndon johnson said the two things that make politicians more stupid than anything else our sex and envy. with hillary there are three things, sex, money and the need for secrecy. ms. dowd: yes, it is so weird that this campaign is like the revenge of the 1990's. goodcandidates are kind of
candidates in a good way and all of these figures in the 1990's like newt gingrich and rudy giuliani are back. i recently reread all of the biographies of hillary in my own , starting up covering her in 1992, very supportively. i was surprised when i went back and read it when she was running on health care. i was her supportive even as a news reporter, but somewhere along the way, maybe when she got to arkansas and the marriage was rocky and she thought she would have to support the family , maybe it is one of these things where you think, i am doing public service, but i think i should get what i would've gotten if i had gone into the private sector, but somewhere along the way she did get this fixation on money, they it is weird because
make so many hundreds of millions. why on earth, and if she is going to be president and he is ,oing to be the first first lad they would get $20 million each to do my more's, so why -- memoirs, saliva to go to goldman sachs and make the $75,000 speeches? speech,: in that same and you said this in your column writing about the portrait, you also bring up the fact that michael schmidt at the times was the one that started the e-mail story. the reason i bring it up and i ask you about it, if you listen to right wing talk show host, they are constantly exposing the new york times of being in hillary's camp. why? ms. dowd: he is a brilliant reporter. to a like a throwback
1930's reporter where he is a reporter, andtive he wrote a lot of the steroid stories in baseball coming to washington and broke the story. the clinton people can say all they want, but it is a tempest and a teapot. what she did was really, really reckless in so many ways, and that is what worries me, the paranoia that caused her to make that kind of reckless decision. it is sort of unfathomable. one thing i do not like about the clintons, when they get into trouble and donald trump does this, when they get in trouble, they try to blame someone else. when bill got in trouble with monica, the white house aides would call and say, thomas jefferson had a mistress, dead presidents they are dragging in,
right? jfk had a mistress. and you were like, fine, why do not just confess what you did? bill clinton would never admit it. he would drag everyone in to say, he was telling the truth and his wife would try to savage the girlfriends and years later, he would kind of admitted. it. so, it is unhealthy. on the e-mails hillary said, colin powell did it, but the state of the internet has changed profoundly and new rules have been put in place, sidhu not drag poor colin powell into it. it is not comparable. mr. lamb: which one of these candidacies, prime candidates, mr. trump, mrs. clinton would be the best for columnist maureen dowd? ms. dowd: well, obviously, you are right that journalist have a
citizen side and not a journalist side with conflict. as her chief washington bad for thet says, country, good for carl. that is a kind of weird thing to explain to people outside of the business. trump would donald be better for journalism because gt would be under freakin chaos around the world. as a citizen, you have a contrary opinion. mr. lamb: i notice when you write, you drop in many references to shakespeare. you drop in french all of the time, and as someone who does not speak french -- ms. dowd: i do not speak it either. mr. lamb: this is not just french. wordsare maureen dowd's
you have used in your columns. do you realize how many of us have no idea what you are talking about? ms. dowd: that does not bother me at all because i think words are so much fun, and i do not do it to be pretentious, i do it because i want people to have different words and to learn words and, you know, i took latin all through school, and played scrabble all through school and i think those two things that really helped me a lot with my vocabulary. i just think it is really fun to drop in fun words, and in fact, about -- aa: go up column go up about what melania was up to at the debate, and i have a french phrase in that, you have something to look forward to. mr. lamb: these are just definitions you would find in the dictionary.
you may have met them in different ways. do you look these up before hand and drop them in or do you know them? ms. dowd: both. sometimes i know them and sometimes i feel like relying on the same words -- you know, they have computer programs that can emulate the colonists -- , so i do not want to keep falling back on the same words, and when i feel myself doing that, i go to the thesaurus and try to be different words because that is more fun for me. i do not want to keep using the same 80 adjectives over time. mr. lamb: here are three more words and phrases. my favorite is the bottom one. ms. dowd: and that is what jacque chirac had when he took
them out on his motorboat. mr. lamb: and then i will try not to pronounce it. latin.d: that's from that is from my days studying latin in catholic school. a large: -- played experience. richard iii and understanding power. i know this is difficult for new york times readers because they get upset with me because they want me to be a reliable liberal. but i don't write a column that comes from the left or the right. and i think i'm the only one who writes a political column that doesn't have an ideological slant. it's hard for people to understand. even my own family gets very upset with me when a republican
president is in because i am critiquing the republican president. a lot of times readers get upset when a democratic president is in because i am critiquing that president. i see it more like shakespeare, where i am trying to examine the effect that great power has on does theo get it, so power war for them in some way that we need to know about or do they rise to the occasion, like harry truman did, and become more than you thought they could be. he was a hack machine politician. so it is very interesting to me how crises, like 9/11, for not for, if it were 9/11, george bush may have been a bipartisan popular president. but that completely changed him and brought out all his insecurities and made him more malleable to dick cheney and don
rumsfeld. enormouser know which historical event is going to coincide with which new president's gremlins. i quote harry truman in the introduction, saying you never know how a man is going to take the responsibility of president. and you don't. in a way, you can follow candidates for two years and not know what they are really like it's easy to say that he has a humble foreign policy and then you have dick cheney try to -- trying to turn us into a superpower. we have to examine once they get in how that power is changing that. and how they are rising or falling. mr. lamb: why did you get interested in shakespeare and when? ms. dowd: yeah, in college, i
was an english, you know, literature major. was drawn to shakespeare for the same reason i'm now drawn to game of thrones. a reader wrote me and said i should have been a french court reporter in the 18th century. the royal court and how it deals with power. -- youespeare, people are dealing with homicide and patricide and, you know, it gets very bloody. but it deals with my merry emotions, like jealousy and envy and desire. i'm just very interested in primary motions. writer, i'm not interested in these little stories about
how someone goes to cbs and buys a bottle of aspirin and is having a bad day. like another fellow -- i like an othello, mcbeth kind of emotions. mr. lamb: this sent me to you too. turnedne conway yesterday campaign manager attempted to communicate with her fragile lunch to block candidate last week through an appearance on "the view." movies a next cert of the -- here is an excerpt of the movie. vivian leigh. [video clip] >> no, i don't think i want to marry you anymore. no.
you are not clean enough to be in the house. >> get out of here. quick, before i start screaming. did you figure that we all know what this blanche dubois character is? ms. dowd: the reader does now, if you -- if they did what you did. that is one of the best movies of all time. to theb: so go back quote you said about kellyanne conway. cascadingright, the series of advisors tiptoeing around donald trump who is a critical narcissist, having a narcissistic explosion right on the trail, and trying to get him
to do the obvious, like prepare for the debate, he wouldn't do it. he was sitting around with roger ailes pleading cheeseburgers and roger ailes was telling war stories and company about brunch -- about rupert murdoch. [laughter] to see alllarious these aids on eggshells tried to get -- you know, it's like "taming of the shrew," to throw in another play like shakespeare. so they are trying to get donald trump to do the basic minimum he needs to do in order to have a campaign. yet they can't. these mad german kings locked in his castle in , you tower, like ludwig know, getting more isolated and not talking to anybody. and he's up there today sending
out 10 tweets trashing paul ryan, who said he won't campaign with him and all the republicans and they are ungrateful and disloyal. that is a scene straight out of shakespeare. mr. lamb: so what is your reaction to this tweet from donald trump? [laughter] ms. dowd: i was deeply disturbed by this because i have covered him off and on since 1999 and i really thought that i would get a more customized nickname, like elizabeth warren has pocahontas and chuck todd has sleepy eyes. onehe just gave me the same he gives all women journalists, wacky and crazy and erotic. it did not make me feel special. pretends she knows me.
wrong. how much time have you spent around him? ms. dowd: so i went out for a day to miami with him when he made his first presidential foray and he was dating malania then. speech tod made a cuban-americans. you know, i wasn't taking it serious then. it was a celebrity who wanted to test the waters. he had a brand, anything that could bring attention to the brand. then i would interview him over the years. he liked to do lightning rounds. he doesn't want to sit down and have discussions about the issues because, as you know, he doesn't really know about the issues. basically, he orders -- every day, he gets his press secretary
to give him the top 30 pieces about himself and then he reads those. so it's this constant incestuous amplification of his own persona publicity. got some video that we found. it's 12 years old. i know you love television. [laughter] ms. dowd: only with you, brian. mr. lamb: sure. i know you love television. so here's some television you may not have ever seen. about as back -- it's minute and a half. it goes back to september 13, 2004. you will see some people in here you know, including your deceased brother michael. ms. dowd: is this the c-span book party? oh, wow. [video clip] >> get peggy dowd on tv. all right, all right!
this is where all the brains come from. right here. >> i really want to meet you. >> i am your biggest fan. >> mr. putnam will kill me when [indiscernible] >> [indiscernible] before i became a lawyer. >> we deliver mail to all the offices, you know. told, if you go into senator john kennedy's office and he happens to be there, do not talk to him. don't even talk to him. do not say it's a nice day, sir. everett your eyes.
-- of urge your eyes -- avert your eyes. on the other hand, vice president richard nixon was one of the nicest people i ever met. mr. lamb: your back was to the camera and that's your brother, who died in 2007? and mom was in there. she died in 2005. you write a lot about them in this book. what about your brother michael? what about your mom? ms. dowd: i was super close to them. was born. 61 when i michael was 17 years older than i was. he kind of helped raise me. he was google before there was google. he had absolutely an encyclopedic memory. he was the most voracious reader i have ever known.
and just a brilliant guy. and he was one of the ones who would get mad at me when i was covering w kind of harshly about the iraq war. and when i would go home for thanksgiving, he would say, you know, if there was a hurricane, you would blame it on w. and then there was katrina and i did. [laughter] i wrote about it more lightly in the column, but it's hard to it's hard when what you do conflicts with how well you want to get along with your family. mr. lamb: how about mom? ms. dowd: she is my absolute idol. she was 97. as you can see, still gorgeous. she loved tim russert. he would call her every mother's day. she was wonderful. she was completely literate. she would tell me, she would go of oscarwilde readings
wilde's work, very interested because jackie kennedy was there. she had a lot of stories about politics, too. the basically, she was the ainion me of what you want mother to but also an american. she was very fair. and a very loving person and very smart and very patriotic. she would get very angry at me if i didn't wear red white and blue on july 4. [laughter] mr. lamb: five kids including you in the family. here is some more from this. [video clip] >> i am might up on c-span. this is my doctor.
>> who helped do through -- diagnosed me on tv. that was terrifying. >> i never saw that. >> oh, my gosh, i thought i was going to faint. letterman said, are you ok? and i said, no, i'm not ok. and he said, ok, sit down. --n he tried to call me down downme down -- to calm me by saying he bought a place in montana because brokaw had one there. [laughter] see now i can't get off tv. i'm determined. they follow me everywhere. i'm a monster. [laughter] was,owd: the funny thing
because i'm so shy and introverted and because i only go on tv as -- you know, if a lecture has a gun to my head, my family was stunned that i was miced to be might up -- up for television. but it was c-span. i wouldn't do it for anyone knows. mr. lamb: did you watch it? ms. dowd: no. but there was a hilarious scene where tim bradley was stuffing his face with hors d'oeuvres at the table. [laughter] mr. lamb: we're not done. [laughter] ms. dowd: it was completely out of character. i did kind of love it because i look at all those people who are larger-than-life people in my life, but also in washington history, like tim bradley and tim russert and it is fun to have them on tape.
mr. lamb: the names coming up here -- ms. dowd: pat oliphant did the cartoon for bush world. he is a brilliant political cartoonist who worked with me. he is australian. work to political cartoons. he says what we do for a living is stirring up the beast. you have chris matthews, bill plante, joe plame, very -- valerie judy woodward, al hunt, bill press, sally quinn, david collins, who was at the time of this, would she have been your boss, gail collins? ms. dowd: maybe. my theory at parties, which is why no one will come to my party anymore, is just to invite everyone. everyone from my electrician to
my boss to vice president biden and then see who shows up. mr. lamb: this is 12 years ago. rahm emanuel is now the mayor of chicago. a t-shirt guy with on. do you remember who that was? ms. dowd: probably my electrician. alanwas funny because greenspan at an inaugural party i had for barack obama, he came up to me and asked if this was a toga party. he had never been to a party like that. mr. lamb: you've got to watch at the end allen brett -- alan greenspan and ben bradley. ms. dowd: ok. [video clip] >> are you in love? >> no, but i'm eating a lot of new people. >> here you are. oh, my gosh.
everyone is asking for you. >> the president is coming any minute. [laughter] >> i can't get off tv. >> bush is coming. here he comes. >> of course i did. i saw you on all your little shows. you?w are >> you look beautiful. >>. i read about it. . take it off. on behalf of all the people from the times, i want to say that it's beene so wonderful because it is everything them are in deserves. >> now we can really get down to the real party. [laughter]
ms. dowd: that's it, the guy in bermudez is a friend of my brothers from suburban maryland who came along. if you only have one kind of person at your party, there's no energy. you've caught -- you've got to kind of mix it up. do you really see people from far away from here saying they are just out of touch, that hold crowd is out of touch with america? ms. dowd: well, i don't just think hanging out and having hors d'oeuvres means you are out of touch. it's funny because a lot of my fellow columnists have been going on these road trips. they drive across country or they put out open letters seeking to meet a truck voter. i'm always picking up the paper and seeing them driving through
kentucky and trying to find a voter.oter -- trump i would like to meet one of these exotic creatures, like a margaret mead anthropological expedition. and all i have to do is go home. i watched the debate with my sister and she told me why trump persuaded her that she might vote for him again. she and my brother have essays in the book. i do not think of myself as an elitist. in -- iike i am deep get both the blue and the red state opinions pretty freely. mr. lamb: your brother kevin and your sister peggy are in the book. are they still going to vote for donald trump? moment,: well, at this
perhaps not by the time this airs. they still seem to be voting for donald trump because -- my sister keeps jumping on and off when he says something offensive. she said she wasn't going to vote for him after the wild, crazy week of him trashing alicia machado. tweetsn these 3:00 a.m. she gainedsists that all this weight and my sister hates fat shaming. and then we watched the debate and he was back -- she was back on board. they feel very strongly they don't want hillary clinton to be president and they want the supreme court that a republican president would appoint. so that's their point of the new. i know hillary cleats -- i know hillary keeps time people are nearly one staying between you and the apocalypse.
but then my family sees her like the abyss. mr. lamb: i see one more piece of tape. everybody in this tape, this is what was amazing, has died since then. tapeserybody in all the we've seen, but in these particular 40 seconds. let's just watch this. these folks are gone now. [video clip] i invited you that day in the elevator. >> here we are. >> yeah. >> hi, maureen. >> high. i'll be right back. i want to introduce diana to my brother. how are you? [laughter]
>> greatest senator in a history of newspaper. very rare tois even have democrats and republicans at parties anymore. in the old advise and consent days, they would meet at parties and there would be these famous washington hostesses and that is where they got a lot of their business done. but it is not the way it works anymore. this is the greatest editor in the history of the world, when they hear that from somebody else, do they believe it? ms. dowd: ben bradley was very special. wrote a greatho analogy about him, he said other newspapers were the kind of nova in a suburban garage. a little redwas roadster taking their curves a little too fast. .e was just so dashing
you know, dashing and kind of one-of-a-kind throwback to the great days of journalism. mr. lamb: all of those folks -- it said that they are gone, but really was a bad one, bce -- besides tim russert -- was rosemont. -- dowd: that was the set us the saddest story. david rosenbaum was a terrific guy. he was our longtime congressional reporter and just a very happy guy. a hard worker and a really great reporter. retired very soon after his retirement, within a month always take ald walk after dinner on friday nights. he lived in a very safe neighborhood. mr. lamb: in the district of columbia. ms. dowd: yes, in a very safe neighborhood.
two guys came up behind him -- i guess they wanted to rob him, and hit him with a lead pipe. they took him to the emergency people in the emergency room thought he was drunk or something. they just didn't realize. colby king did a wonderful series of columns in the , got some post legislation or procedures changed because of that. david died it was heartbreaking. mr. lamb: so this book is your third? the second one, you actually wrote the book. [laughter] ms. dowd: i actually wrote? mr. lamb: a lot of these are columns. did a very long essay that i really reported on my 30 years with the bush family. letters that george bush senior wrote me.
it's a crazy kind of, almost class comedy,ll like the irish working-class reporter and the waspy president who is driven to school in greenwich in a limousine and how hard it was for us to accept each other and how, in the end, we did and even developed a fondness for each other. mr. lamb: still in contact? ms. dowd: yeah. i went down and had lunch with him a couple of years ago. here's the funny thing. this is before donald trump was running and they fondness wish of bush senior was that jeb would become president and maybe make the legacy better than w left it. so i asked him -- donald trump was deeply involved in the birther stuff at the time. bush senior said he loved no clinton and barbara calls him
the brother from another mother and and he said he loved barack obama, who keeps a good touch with him. and i said what you think of donald trump? and george bush senior just had an epithet with him. he was so disgusted with him during so i can't even imagine how painful it was for him to demolish job. if folks want to know more about this story, they must get your book. is "the of the book year voting dangerously: the derangement of american politics. co. we are out of -- american politics." i think you. you.thank
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